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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward W. Bermes, Jr., PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This text presents an overview of the clinical laboratory and the tests performed in that area as they relate to patient care.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the technical aspects of clinical laboratory testing along with pertinent clinical information. The author adds appropriate reviews of anatomy and physiology to enable the reader to understand each test in the proper context.
Audience: The audience is a diverse group of healthcare professionals and students who seek increased knowledge of the clinical laboratory and the test performed there.
Features: This text covers the procedures commonly performed in clinical laboratories. Each chapter includes review topics or questions as well as a self test at the end. The answers are contained in the appendix. The chapter on screening with the chemistry profile probably does not have a place anymore, although it contains much useful information. From a reimbursement viewpoint the chemistry profile is dated.
Assessment: This text presents an interesting overview of the clinical laboratory. Although it does not (nor did it intend to) go into depth, the scope is rather complete. From regulatory matters to reference ranges to point of care testing, the author succeeds in giving a complete view of the clinical laboratory.